We believe that the more children understand how a ‘good learner’ behaves, the more they will be able to develop this behaviour for themselves. We know that as the world is changing so rapidly, children have to be able to respond confidently and creatively towards it. In order to this, they need to have acquired the right skills and attitudes.
As a school, we chose five characteristics, or dispositions, that we thought would make the most impact on our learning. These are:
Each disposition is represented by a dinosaur.
Research shows that by explicitly teaching children what it means to be a good learner and by providing opportunities for them to practise these skills, children’s achievement can be increased. Moreover, this is not just academic achievement but also personal and social achievement too.
We aspire to create a positive environment for learning where children achieve; feel included and valued; feel happy and secure; where they experience and develop high self-worth and confidence in their own abilities.
A learner needs to keep going in the face of difficulties.
They need to stick at things even when they find it difficult or really challenging.
A learner shows perseverance when:
- They always try their best
- Have a positive attitude
- They practise
- They know their strengths and weaknesses and try hard to improve
- They find interest in what they are doing.
A learner needs to ask questions and be curious.
They need to think about what to do and where to go to support their learning.
A learner explores by:
- Using their imagination
- Asking good questions
- Using lots of different resources
- Making links between events and experiences
A learner needs to work with and learn from others.
They need to respect others and recognise different viewpoints.
A collaborative learner:
- Knows when it’s good to learn on their own and when they should work partners
- Is a good team player
- Learns from others
- Shares learning and resources
- Work together to solve problems
A learner needs to look after themselves and others.
They need to think about how to take care of things.
A responsible learner:
- Takes care of possessions and the environment
- Stays calm
- Gets on with it
- Plans ahead
- Makes good choices
- Takes care of their learning
A learner needs to reflect and learn from experience.
They need to think about what they do and what they have done.
A reflective learner:
- Asks ‘why?’ and ‘how?’
- Stays calm
- Listens to and considers different options
- Learns from mistakes
- Thinks about how they learned in the past
- Considers how they can use their learning in the future